periods

This Line Of Self-Care Products Is Specifically For Girls Going Through Puberty

Across the country, just 24 states mandate that sex education be provided in publics schools, and just 20 of those require that sex education (or HIV education, as the case may be) mandate medically accurate information only. Or, that was the case in…
By Claire Lampen

Science Worked Out What Makes Period Pain Worse So You Can Live Cramp-Free

Many of us have experienced (and bemoaned) period pains at some point. For some, it's light cramps for a day or two, letting you know your time of the month is imminent. For some though, it's full-on, need-a-hot-water-bottle-and-a-duvet-and-a-day-off…
By Charlotte Pasha

12 Menstrual Cup Users Reveal Why They're So Much Better Than Tampons

Since most of us don't learn about alternatives to pads and tampons until years and years after we start our periods, it's no wonder that folks eventually find themselves wondering: do menstrual cups work better than tampons? For a long time, one of …
By Mariella Mosthof

7 Things To Eat To Curb Your Period Problems

If you don’t suffer from any period problems, you’re in the minority. 84.1 percent of people with periods experience pain, 47.8 percent get PMS, and 14.3 percent have irregular periods. However, just because these issues are common doesn’t make them …
By Suzannah Weiss

Here's How To Tell EXACTLY Where You Are In Your Menstrual Cycle

You’ve probably heard that there are four stages of the menstrual cycle (menstrual, follicular, ovulation, and luteal, in case you were wondering) and that what stage you’re in affects your fertility. But how do you know what stage you’re currently g…
By Suzannah Weiss

How To Tell If Your Headache Is Actually A Menstrual Migraine

Migraines have been my burden to bear since I was 6. Weather, certain scents, stress, and lack of sleep are all migraine triggers for me. Recently, I've also started to get menstrual migraines. Same? Then you're going to want to learn how to help rel…
By Brandi Neal

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Switching To Applicator-Free Tampons

When choosing the period product you use during your time of the month, you may consider a lot of different factors — including comfort, sustainability, cost, and how long the product lasts without leakage. Because they're easy to use (for most peopl…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Yes, You Can Get A Menstrual Cup Stuck — Here's What You Need To Know

Remember that Sex and the City episode where Carrie gets her diaphragm stuck in her vagina and Samantha has to help her get it out? Well, this can happen with other things too. If you've ever wondered: Can you get a menstrual cup stuck? The answer is…
By Brandi Neal

11 Reasons Your Period Is Irregular That You Shouldn't Ignore

Nothing's more annoying than an irregular period. It sucks when it doesn't arrive on time, leading to days (and sometimes even weeks) of worry. And if it comes early and surprises you? Well, that's no fun either. If you have an irregular period for a…
By Carolyn Steber

This Is The Actual Reason Pad Commercials Use That Weird Blue Liquid

For anyone who's ever had menstrual products marketed to them, whether on TV, the internet, or in magazines, one particularly vexing question has always been why companies represent menstrual blood with a weird, clinical blue liquid in period product…
By JR Thorpe

Pads & Tampons Will Now Be Free For Female Inmates In Federal Prisons —Finally

Incarcerated women often get left on the fringe of the women rights’ movement, their stories and struggles (quite literally) separated from the rest of the world. Thanks to a push from senators like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, w…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

These 5 Bad Habits Are Actually Making Your Period Worse

Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled that period shame is ever-so-slightly diminishing in the West. There's so much more information out there about PMS, PMDD, and period sex than ever before. I’m also super-happy that people have more options for…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Your Period Might Be Out Of Whack This Week Thanks To The Solar Eclipse

As the Great American Eclipse slides its way across the U.S. continent, some of you may be feeling a little... off. Maybe it's because you forgot to buy eclipse glasses in time and you're going to have to use a colander like some noob, or maybe you'r…
By Madeleine Aggeler

How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Your Mental Health

Everyone's period is different, but many can agree — your menstrual cycle can definitely affect the way you feel physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 85 …
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Artist Turns Stretch Marks & Period Stains Into Whimsical, Rainbow Art

For the most part, Instagram is a place for posting well-lit selfies, fawning over pictures of sleepy puppies, and keeping up-to-date on all of your ex's activities. Occasionally however, someone uses it as a platform to share art, and make a politic…
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Tampon Nail Art Is So On Point You'll Do A Double-Take

"Stylish", "cute", and "would go great with that new dress I bought" are not generally terms one would associate with tampons, and yet Canadian-based artist Annelies Hofmeyr recently created tampon nail art that is somehow all three. The nails, which…
By Madeleine Aggeler

Do You Really Have To Get Your Period Every Month?

When I first got my period in July 2001, my mom scrambled to find pads, and my dad attempted to comfort me while I sobbed in the guest bedroom of the friend’s house where we were staying. “Well,” he said, patting me stiffly on the shoulder, “You’re a…
By Madeleine Aggeler

What To Do When It Feels Like Your Period Is Incapacitating

Ahh, the joys of being a woman! For the small price of being subject to constant harassment, unnecessary comments about our bodies, and only being paid about 77 cents on the dollar, we get to bear the world’s children and, once a month, have our horm…
By Madeleine Aggeler

Why This New Menstrual Leave Policy Is Good & Bad

“Headaches.” “Nausea.” “My body just gives up.” “Extreme mood swings.” “The worst thing someone can do is talk.” These are some of the ways the women of Culture Machine, a digital entertainment company in Mumbai, describe the first day of their peri…
By Madeleine Aggeler

The Best Foods & Drinks For Fighting PMS

We at Bustle love giving you tips for how to tap into your sexual potential and troubleshoot when things aren’t going your way in the bedroom. But what about finding solutions to those stressful women's health situations that inevitably crop up? Emma…
By Emma Kaywin